We have detected an anomalous energy signature on the moon of
one of one of the M-class planets orbiting both the K and M
stars in this detached binary system. Scopes reveal this to be
the Avatar! This small landing scout and its crew of three went
missing whilst exploring this sector several months ago.
The moon (above and left)is a low-gravity world with a very
tenuous atmosphere. It is heavily cratered.
The M-class planet it orbits is massive with 9.81 Earth masses
but has a surface gravity of only 0.40g due to its low density.
It is surrounded by a very deep nitrogen and argon atmosphere.
This planet is warm, with a mean surface temperature of 23.2
degrees. It was given a very high habitability rating, but has
one particularly hostile character: a very high surface pressure
estimated to exceed 10 atmospheres. The planet is almost massive
enough to be a gas or ice giant. Indeed, it may have had a more
compact icy mantle which has melted and evaporated due to planet
warming. Speculating as to the cause of this warming, this
binary star system appears to have evolved from the merger of
two single star systems. The overlapping orbits suggest this.
Remarkably, the planets from both parent stars have remained
bound, since they were probably close-in to their parent stars.
Elemental analysis suggests that the outermost planets of the
red dwarf were stolen by the gravitational attraction of the
more massive orange dwarf and now orbit the latter in highly
eccentric orbits. The innermost planets of the red dwarf system
and the outermost of the K dwarf are now orbiting both stars.
The M-class planet of interest lies in the innermost of these
P-orbits. It's composition suggests that it belonged to the red
dwarf system originally and now orbits both stars, during which
it underwent considerable warming due to the increased stellar
The Avatar was clearly drawn to study this system due to its
potential for colonisation and as a possible life-bearing
planet. Our analysis suggests that it is unlikely that this
planet has been warm enough for long enough to evolve anything
more complex than primitive unicellular life.
Recommendation: The avatar is not responding to communications;
send down a
landing party to investigate the Avatar landing
site on the surface of the moon.